Can You Bring a Box Cutter On a Plane? 2024


The TSA and most airport security have strict rules for taking liquids on planes, but what about sharp objects like box and pizza cutters?

Can you bring a box cutter on a plane?

Here is the quick answer: box cutters or utility knives have the potential to be used as a weapon, so they are not permitted in carry-on bags, but you can bring them in checked baggage.

However, there is some additional information you need to know, and we are going to cover them in this post.

Let’s dive right in.

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Can You Bring a Box Cutter Through The TSA Security Checkpoint?  

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has strict rules and enforce its security measures when traveling with sharp objects.

And according to them, box cutters are not permitted in carry-on baggage and through the security checkpoint.

The TSA officers will not allow any types of cutting tools, including box cutters, razor type blades, and large scissors because they could be used to harm someone.

Here is what the TSA stated on its website.


There is some uncertainty from the TSA customer service, whether box cutters without blades are allowed or not.

Some of the answers said that they are okay to bring through the security checkpoint, while others said no.

Ethan asked the TSA if he can bring a box cutter if he removes the blade, but the AskTSA customer service replied that box cutters must be packed in checked bags.


And in the screenshot below they replied to Stuart that pocket box cutters are allowed in carry-on bags.


It is maybe they don’t want to leave anything to chance, but overall it is better to plan ahead and place any sharp objects in your checked baggage.

Can You Bring a Box Cutter On a Plane In Checked Baggage?

Yes, box cutters are permitted only in checked bags.

There are also no limits to the number of box cutters you can place in your checked bag.

Just ensure that they are well protected and securely sheathed to prevent injury for the luggage handlers and security officers inspecting your bag.

Are Box Cutters Allowed On International Flights?

If departing from the US or any other country you won’t be able to take your box cutters through the security checkpoint.

Most airlines do allow box cutters only in checked baggage, just ensure that you cover them neatly and separate them from other items.

Even though I wouldn’t recommend taking such items on international flights, because you can easily find these items in a local store at your destination.

Can You Bring a Pizza Cutter On a Plane?

Pizza cutters come in different shapes and forms, like this cute bike shaped pizza cutter Danae wanted to take.


Pizza cutters are considered sharp tools just like box cutters, and therefore not allowed in carry-on baggage. However, they are allowed in checked bags, as long as they are properly secured to prevent injury to baggage handlers and other airport security agents.

If you plan to bring a pizza cutter on a plane, it is recommended that you pack it in a hard-sided, lockable container inside your suitcase.

Read also: Can You Bring Pizza Through TSA?

Final Thoughts

Box cutters are strictly prohibited on airplanes, and they cannot be packed in carry-on. 

box cutters and pizza cutters are allowed in checked bags, so you can easily place them inside your bag and you are good to go.

Just ensure that they are properly packed and protected to avoid injuries to the security officers and luggage handlers.

Also before you bring a box cutter on a plane ensure that you read and follow the TSA rules, taking sharp objects to the airport may cause some unnecessary inconvenience, and may result in missing your flight.

For international flights, there is no single rule that applies for all destinations, but most of the airlines do allow box cutters in checked baggage, just avoid taking such items in large quantities in checked bags.

We hopes this helps 

Happy travels 

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